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 Volume XLIX                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    April 20, 2018

Bringing you complete, up-to-date Paralegal Division information since 2014.
We welcome your contributions, feedback, and comments.  Please contact us anytime at e-newsletter@txpd.org.
IN THIS ISSUE

100 PD Club Members

Bylaw Amendments - Results

Child Protection Law Section - New Section

CLE Calendar

Committee Spotlight

Contact the PD

Did You Know . . .

Director Election Results - Even-Numbered Districts 3/24-4/7

Ethics Tip - Ethics of Bring Your Own Devices

Job Bank

New Ethics CLE Requirement

New Membership Cards

Paralegal Ethics Handbook - 2017 Edition

PD Merchandise

Quick Links

Random Question Winner, Sponsors, and the Rules

Save the Date - PD Annual Meeting - June 22, 2018

Save the Date - CAPA & PD Dist. 4 Joint Annual CLE

Save the Date - TAPS 2018 - 9/26-28/2018 - Now Online

Sustaining Members

UPCOMING EVENTS
- CAPA and Paralegal Division District 4 4th Annual Joint Spring CLE Seminar - April 27 - Austin, TX

- Annual BOD Meeting - June 21-23, 2018, 4415 South
  IH-35, Austin, TX
  (Annual Meeting of Members - June 22 - 1/2 day of  
   CLE; Register now!)

- TAPS - September 26-28, 2018, Addison, TX - Information Online!


Ann Kuhn 
MEMBER ACCOLADES
Ann Kuhn named 2018 Legal Professional of the Year by Tyler Area Association of legal Professionals..
Ann has worked in the legal profession for more than 35 years. Ann began her legal career in 1978 in Sugar Land, Texas with the Texas Department of Corrections Inmate Attorney’s Office. She went on to work for prominent law firms in Houston, including 10 years spent with the firm of Zukowski, Bresenhan & Sinex. At that firm, she worked for five attorneys in real estate, probate, oil and gas litigation, and also served as an administrative assistant.  Ann currently works with Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C.


Congratulations to Ann Kuhn for receiving this prestigious award!
QUICK LINKS

LinkedIn Discussion - PD

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Texas Paralegal Division

PD Membership Application

Texas Paralegal Journal

PD Blog

PD Facebook

State Bar of Texas

PD App

Texas Bar College

TBLS - Paralegal

TBLS Examination Helpful Hints Guide
   (Members Only Login Required)


Paralegal Pulse Archives

PD Quick Notes



CHILD PROTECTION LAW SECTION
On January 26, 2018, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously to create the State Bar of Texas Child Protection Law Section.

This section is encouraging paralegals to become involved with this section so that the needs and legal training of paralegals in this specialized area will be addressed.

To become a member: Use your State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division bar number and log into your “My Bar Page” account via the State Bar of Texas website at www.texasbar.com. From the right side of the welcome page, select “Join Sections”. Then select “Child Protection Law” and follow the instructions to become a member.

Membership is $20.00.

100 PD CLUB MEMBERS

Law firms and legal departments with 100% of their paralegals enrolled as PD members, will qualify for the "100 PD Club” and receive recognition in the summer 2018 TPJ.

For a “100 PD Club” questionnaire, please e-mail tpj @txpd.org and type “100 PD Club” in the subject line.

 
PD MERCHANDISE
Order Your TAPS Merchandise Here



PD JOB BANK
As a Paralegal Division member, you have access to the PD Job Bank!

Log in at txpd.org and check it out on the Members Only tab.


PD CLE CALENDAR
Paralegal Division CLE Calendar

The Paralegal Division website has a CLE calendar with events all over the State of Texas.

When looking for live events in your area, remember to visit our CLE calendar at https://txpd.org/calendar/calendar.asp.
  ONLINE CLE
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RANDOM QUESTION

Where will the Annual Meeting be held this year?

PD CLE CALENDAR

PD CLE Calendar

The Paralegal Division website has a CLE calendar with events all over the State of Texas.

When looking for live events in your area remember to visit our CLE calendar:

https://txpd.org/calendar/calendar.asp

TEXAS PARALEGAL JOURNAL







 


The TPJ Winter 2018 Edition is available today!

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas digital Texas Paralegal Journal (TPJ) is available!

Please take the time to review the digital TPJ!

Winter 2018 Texas Paralegal Journal


     








Take a look at prior TPJ editions at
https://txpd.org/TPJ/tpj_archive.asp.
TPJ ADVERTISING RATES
    Ad Size/Location         Per Ad        Starting Summer 2018
                                                                       Per Ad for 4 Issues    
Premium (Inside Cover)    $500.00         $480.00 ($1,920.00)

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Half Page                           $250.00           $235.00    ($940.00)
T
hird Page                         $125.00            $115.00    ($460.00)


*Sustaining Members receive a 10% discount.  (Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts.)

Go to https://txpd.org/files/file/webpages/TPJ/2018 Ad Rate Sheet.pdf for details on advertising.
WEBINARS

CLE CEtoGo Podcasts and On Demand Programs
Presented by the Paralegal Division

Don’t have time to leave your desk for a CLE event? If you need CLE, the Paralegal Division offers Online CLE. The Online CLE catalog @ http://txpd.inreachce.com/ is a combination of past on-site CLE as well as webinars that have been presented by the Paralegal Division.

June 7, 2018; 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cell Phone Forensics


Speaker:  Gavin W. Manes, Ph.D.

This event will educate paralegals on preserving mobile devices, interpreting forensic reports, and the type of information available from mobile devices. The webinar presentation is a timely, convenient and cost-effective CLE for which attendees will receive 1.0 hour CLE credit. TBLS has approved 1.0 hour CLE credit in Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.


Registration Link .



More CLE topics are added monthly. View the catalog to see what may interest you. If you are a certified paralegal, this may just be the “go to” place to obtain the CLE. You may also download most of the CLE topics to a podcast so you can listen as you drive to work!

Go to the PD Online CLE tab to see a “New Year Bundle" that has been added to help you get ready for membership renewal. Purchase 3 items for 10% discount and 5 items for a 20% discount.

     
WEBINAR PRESENTATIONS WANTED
CALLING ALL WEBINARS!

Have you seen an especially helpful CLE in your district?   If so, please let us know.  We are always looking for good presentations to present through webinar.

Please contact Shannon Shaw OnlineCLE@txpd.org to provide information about potential webinars.
 PARALEGAL ETHICS HANDBOOK
The Paralegal Ethics Handbook is a resource for all paralegals that addresses ethical
 considerations for 17 practice areas as well as considerations for in-house, corporate, freelance, administrative, governmental, and regulatory law paralegals.

How to Order and Save 10% - Order online at LegalSolutions.com, and at CHECKOUT enter Promotion Code 10ETHICS and the discount will be applied. Or order by phone at 1-800-344-5009. 10% discount applies to this book only; expires 06/30/2018.

This handbook:

  • Examines such topics as defining ethics, ethical obligations, and remaining ethical
  • Addresses ethical considerations for e-filing, e-discovery, and technology
  • Provides resources for state information and paralegal association ethics canons and related information
  • Contains rules and regulations for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
  • Explains how to determine whether an action may be an ethical violation
TEXAS BAR COLLEGE
 
Eligible paralegals can become members of the Texas Bar College. See here for details of member benefits and how to become a member.
Merianne Gaston has retired after 9 years with State Bar College.  Please contact Katherine Korrodi at Katherine.Korrodi@texasbar.com if you need assistance at State Bar College.
4TH ANNUAL JOINT SPRING CLE
 
TAPS 2018 in ADDISON, TX
 
TAPS Information Now Online
ANNUAL MEETING - JUNE 22ND
 
Mentors & Protégés
 
The Paralegal Division has an excellent mentorship program.  If you are new to the profession or an experienced paralegal venturing into a new field, our mentors would be happy to assist you in your transition.

Mentoring knows no bounds, including geography! Be paired up with someone in the State of Texas and communicate by phone, email or face-to-face. We are currently accepting new applications, if you wish to become a mentor or a protégé. Please see the following criteria:

Mentors - Voting, active members in good standing, with at least seven (7) years of paralegal experience, are qualified to serve as Mentors. Mentors must complete the requisite application acknowledging Mentor has read and agrees to follow the Mentor Program Guidelines.

Protégés - Protégés must be Division student members in good standing, or active or associate paralegal members of the Division in good standing, with two (2) years or less of paralegal experience. Protégés must complete the requisite application acknowledging Protégé has read and agrees to follow the Mentor Program Guidelines.

Please fill out the Mentor and/or Protégé request form under the members-only area of the Paralegal Division website ( www.txpd.org).

Once completed, submit them to Deb Pointer, Mentor Program Coordinator, MentorProgram@txpd.org. If you have recently submitted an application but have not been contacted by anyone, please forward it to Deb so it can get processed promptly.
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the PD's website for more FAQS regarding membership, ethics, and other topics - www.txpd.org and click on "FAQ" tab.

NEED A NEW MEMBERSHIP CARD?

Need to replace your membership card?  Please send $25.00 made payable to the Paralegal Division along with a letter requesting a new membership card to:

Rhonda Brashears
Paralegal Division Coordinator
P.O. Box 19163
Amarillo, TX 79114


CONTACT THE DIVISION
The Paralegal Division
of the State Bar of Texas
P. O. Box 19163
Amarillo, TX 79114
Email:  pd@txpd.org
Phone:  (806) 803-3267

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
                                                                            

It's spring time and we're gearing up for the end of our fiscal year and anticipating the changing of the guard.

Please take a few minutes to see where you are on your CLE hours. Active and Associate members must have six hours, including one hour of Ethics, by the end of May. If you're short, take a look at our online calendar, https://txpd.org/calendar/calendar.asp, to see what's coming up in your area. Or check out our online library for webinars, http://txpd.inreachce.com.

Those of you who attended TAPA this month got a real bargain – 6 hours of CLE on Friday. Wow. Great job, Houston Corporate Paralegals! Next year's conference will be hosted by the Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals in Longview. I hope you will make plans to attend.

The Paralegal Division Annual Meeting will be held in Austin on June 22. This is when we induct our new officers for 2018-2019, recognize outgoing directors, announce the recipient of the Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award, and so much more. I think you will be impressed. There will also be 3 hours of CLE offered so you can get a jump on next year's requirements.

I'd like to issue an invitation to our members: Whenever the Board meets, you are welcome to attend. If you're just curious about what we do, or maybe you're thinking about running for Director, please come and observe. Let us know you're coming, and we'll save you a seat!

~ Mona

DIRECTORS ELECTED - EVEN-NUMERED DISTRICTS
Election Results for Even-Numbered Districts
Submitted by Rhonda Brashears, CP, TBLS-BCP

District 2 - Eugene Alcala
District 4 – Francesca Romans, ACP
District 10 – Jennafer Persinger, ACP
District 12 – Lisa Pittman
District 14 – Javan Johnson, ACP, TBLS-BCP
District 16 – Rebecca Lopez


RESULTS OF THE PARALEGAL DIVISION 2018 AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
Results of the Paralegal Division 2018 Bylaw Amendments
Submitted by President-Elect, Stephanie Sterling, TBLS-BCP

The Paralegal Division Active members voted and approved all four Bylaw Amendments presented during the recent Spring Election.  These Bylaw Amendments will become effective on June 21, 2018.  Until the new Bylaws are published in June, please visit the Paralegal Division website HERE to read the amendments.


SAVE THE DATE - CAPA AND PARALEGAL DIVISION DISTRICT 4 JOINT ANNUAL SPRING CLE SEMINAR

Capital Area Paralegal Association & PD District 4
PD Members register here using registration code KOOARJYW by April 18, 2018.
Late registration for an additional $20.00 from April 19, 2018 through April 26, 2018 using registration code PH9ELJUG.
For more information, contact District 4 Director Pam Etie at district4@txpd.org.
COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT
 SUSTAINING MEMBERS OF THE MONTH


       The Paralegal Division owes a great debt of gratitude to the following sustaining members of the month:

DwqSolutions

Hanna & Hanna

Patterson & Patterson Investigations




    
 


 
 




Thank you for your support of the Paralegal Division!

               For more information about the sustaining members of the month, please visit our

        webpage at http://txpd.org/vendors.asp.
                                  If you would like to be a sustaining member or have a recommendation, please contact Susan Davis at vendors@txpd.org.
  RANDOM QUESTION WINNER, SPONSORS AND THE RULES
Congratulations, Sharon!
Congratulations - You are the March Random
Question Winner!



Assure Court Reporting
March Random Question Sponsor









Kim Tindall & Associates, Inc.
April Random Question Sponsor


OFFICIAL RULES FOR ANSWERING THE RANDOM QUESTION –
Find the random question in this month's newsletter; and send an email with the subject line "Random Question" and the correct answer to e-newsletter@txpd.org no later than midnight, May 1, 2018. The names of all members who respond with the correct answer (by the deadline) will be placed in a random drawing, and the winner will receive a $25 gift card from the sponsoring sustaining member. The winner will receive notification of the award and the prize, and his/her name will be announced in the next volume of The Pulse. Winning participants are ineligible to win again for the next 2 consecutive months.
 ETHICS TIP

                                        
                                                                           Ethics of "Bring Your Own Devices " (BYOD)

                                                                                                          Submitted by Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP

Employees who use their personal devices for work may download apps that pose security risks or upload documents or data to file transfer services, either inadvertently or intentionally. Employers should reserve the right to monitor and inspect employees’ devices and BYOD policies should include requirements and procedures for when an employee leaves the company. Some firms install software on employee devices that permit remote wiping of all company data from an employee’s device, which is useful if a device is lost or stolen.

BYOD policies may also complicate e-discovery collection. If a company’s BYOD policy claims ownership of all company data and information on an employee’s device, the device will likely need to reviewed for e-discovery collection. Accessing an employee’s personal device also runs the risk of violating the employee’s privacy.
  CHILD PROTECTION LAW SECTION
                                                                                     INVITATION TO JOIN THE CHILD PROTECTION LAW SECTION
                                                                                                      [submitted by Sally A. Almendarez, Houston, TX]

On January 26, 2018, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously to create the State Bar of Texas Child Protection Law Section. This section is encouraging paralegals to become involved with this section so that the needs and legal training of paralegals in this specialized area will be addressed.


To become a member
Use your State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division bar number and log into your “My Bar Page” account via the State Bar of Texas website at www.texasbar.com.  From the right side of the welcome page, select “Join Sections”. Then select “Child Protection Law” and follow the instructions to become a member. Membership is $20.00.
PARALEGAL ETHICS HANDBOOK - 2017 EDITION

New 2017 ed.
SAVE THE DATE - PD ANNUAL MEETING - JUNE 22, 2018

SAVE THE DATE - TAPS 2018 - SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2018
TAPS Information Now Online

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
How Do I Report My CLE Hours to the Paralegal Division?
There are a couple of ways to report your Non MCLE-Approved CLE hours to the Paralegal Division.

1. Go to www.txpd.org; click the Members-Only tab. Log on using your member number and the first five letters of your last name (all lower case letters), choose “Manage My CLE Hours”, click on “Add a CLE Item to Your History”, fill out the form and submit. Prior to recording CLE into your PD CLE History read this article on the types of CLE you should manually add to your CLE history versus when the hours should be reported to the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department.

If you take a course that has been approved by the MCLE Department of the State Bar of Texas, and you turn in the reporting form, as a member of the Paralegal Division the State Bar will scan in these hours for you and they will be uploaded directly into your PD CLE Repository. Updates are done on a weekly basis. Also see our FAQ “How do I locate my CLE attendance?”

DO NOT discard your certificates of attendance, but maintain a personal CLE file with copies of the seminar brochures and certificates of attendance in case any clarification is needed as random audits are performed by the Division's CLE Committee.
  BE FEATURED IN OUR DID YOU KNOW. . . AREA
Share your talents with your colleagues!
Each month, in our DID YOU KNOW... section, we strive to bring you useful tips and tricks contributed by paralegals like you, specifically for fellow paralegals.


The best tips and tricks are learned by practicing paralegalism. Please share your wealth of knowledge...send your comments, suggestions, and advice to us at e-newsletter@txpd.org, and you too can be featured in the Paralegal Pulse!


Thank you for your participation!

 DID YOU KNOW . . .
Did you know that ...


If you need to find a company or determine whether a company is set up with the Secretary of State (any state), there are great sites available, such as:
  • https://www.harborcompliance.com/information/business-entity-search
  • https://www.rasi.com/resource-center/business-entity-search.asp
Skip paying those search fees and give one of these a try first.  [submitted by Mona Tucker, PD President, TX]
If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to email us anytime. We hope to hear from you soon! Our email address is e-newsletter@txpd.org.

Best regards,

Sheila D. Posey, TBLS-BCP
Chairman, PD E-Newsletter Ad Hoc Committee
Paralegal Division
State Bar of Texas

                   
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